Thursday, July 18, 2019
Thursday, July 18, 2019
The illa Bimini Resort & Residences beachfront eco-resort is set to break ground in August and features residential villas and a five-star boutique hotel situated on three private islands, just north of Bimini.
The resort complex is designed by Caribbean real estate development firm Island Developers, Oppenheim Architecture + Design and landscape architect Raymond Jungles.
“Today’s high-net-worth-individuals are going back to basics,” says Alejandro Capo, co-founder and a principal of Island Developers. “We wanted to create an environment that encourages residents and guests to turn off their phones, disconnect from the modern-day chaos and fully immerse themselves with the simplest pleasures of life. The property is designed to complement the laid-back Caribbean vibes alongside the luxury of unplugging.”
Residents and guests will be able to digitally detox on the secluded beach hideaway set on 40 acres and spanning over 9,000 feet of coastline. The development includes 54 three- and four-bedrooms residential villas and a 49-key boutique hotel.
“Bimini’s natural landscape is incomparable, and its real estate market is a rising ‘hot spot,’” says Rafael Reyes, co-founder and a principal of Island Developers. “Within close proximity to the US, illa will be a hidden gem for owners and guest as it offers a rare combination of exclusivity as a private island and convenient access by boat, sea plane and helicopters.”
Prices start at $950,000 and include private residential villas with floor-to-ceiling windows, wooden textures, outdoor decks and terraces with plunge pools. Owners and guests will even be able to park a yacht in their backyard, as the beachfront villas have marina access to fit vessels up to 90 ft.
“The ultimate goal for illa was to create an eco-luxury development that builds with the land, not on the land,” says Chad Oppenheim, principal and lead designer of Oppenheim Architecture + Design.
“From the landscape, individual villas, materials to services, we designed a holistic retreat with environmental sustainability and community development at the forefront.”
“In terms of development, illa Bimini Resort & Residences is not expanding the development footprint of the already existing environmentally approved plans for the project and will not negatively impact the land in any way,” adds Reyes.
“To enhance our sustainability efforts, we have incorporated a complete solar package, energy management system, smart-home-technology and back-up generator applications into our design and services.”
The complex will include beachfront pool, garden tennis courts, bar and lounge, restaurant, library, fruit gardens, beachfront tennis pavilion, volleyball and bocce ball courts, children’s play area, overwater spa, water sports kiosk, water taxi, and more.
The resort will also offer concierge services to arrange travel arrangements, dining and entertainment reservations and service accommodations, such as private chefs, personal trainers, sommeliers and pet care.
Located just 48 nautical miles off Florida’s coast, Bimini is the closest Bahamian island to the United States, accessible by ferry, boat, plane and helicopter.